Final Draft by Riley Redgate

Final Draft

The only sort of risk 18-year-old Laila Piedra enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before her graduation, he's suddenly replaced—by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who is sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed.   At first, Nazare...

Details Final Draft

TitleFinal Draft
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherAmulet Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Lgbt, Fiction

Reviews Final Draft

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop me. Okay, so now that I’ve stopped crying again, let’s get to why this book is so good. At its heart, I think this book is a perfect conveyment of what it is re...
  • Marie
    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs.
  • Fatma
    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction to build an escape chute from her life's insistent monotone." Thank you so much to ABRAMS Kids/Amulet Books for providing me with an e-ARC of this via NetGalley!!!!!r...
  • Atlas
    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet* * * * 4 / 5When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the head. This isn't really a happy book, but it's definitely a great one. She wanted to pierce the furthest frontier of her abilityLaila Piedra is half-Ecuadorian, half-French C...
  • Rachel Strolle
    TW for teacher deathI don't know if i can actually talk about this yet because I'm shaking but lord this captured a part of my life and ahhhhh
  • Colleen
    A review will be up sometime soon!
  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    First of all, this book was something I wasn't expecting. I liked the author's writing but I thought it was hard to get into. The author wrote Laila's story in 3rd person and for a while I didn't know what I was reading. I thought this was contemporary, not science fiction. Apparently, the author wrote Eden's story (Laila's writing) before getting into Laila's POV. As if Laila had been writing her own science fiction story the whole time. Since I...
  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    I'm sad I didn't see like this like more.
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)I enjoyed Final Draft on so many different levels. On the surface level there is a phenomenal plot, at the same time there's this almost self-reflexive commentary on writing. Laila is a fantastic main character who I could instantly empathize with. Laila was me when I was in school (except I never wanted to become a writer because ...
  • Irena
    Review to come.
  • Luke Reynolds
    ARC Review (3/15/18, received from Sarah Prineas)Writing may seem easy, but it’s a lot harder than it looks. Some authors seamlessly pen novels and get them on the shelves year after year, but with that cycle comes prior years of querying to agents, tons of rejection letters, and self-doubt throughout. What if this next book doesn’t do as well as the last? What if it’s not good enough to even get through the door?I haven’t gone through an...
  • Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
    AS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS SO. That happened. I actually read one of my most anticipated releases of the year from one of my favourite contemporary authors and it DEFIED my already VERY HIGH EXPECTATIONS. And I’m at a loss for words, staring at this blinking cursor thinking about HOW TO SUM UP MY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS MARVELLOUS CREATION, unable to pick up another book because BOOK HANGOVER wondering how to move on when, well, ...
  • Wren (WhatWrenReads)
    4.5 “Have you ever had a day that felt like it changed the trajectory of your entire life?” WHERE DO I START?? This is one of the most beautifully crafted and written books I have read this year, if not ever. I've suddenly lost my ability to write words because I literally just finished this book and it took my breath away. PLEASE read this book, but also, prepare yourself for being an emotional mess because I WAS NOT PREPARED. First off, ...
  • zaheerah
    * I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.Laila Piedra lives for the stories she writes, and the only person who reads them is her creative writing teacher. Until he ends up in the hospital and he’s replaced by a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who is exceptionally critical and continuously unimpressed. Her strange assignment leads Laila on an obsessive journey to win h...
  • Carol
    I was equal parts captivated by Laila's typical teenage struggles and her writing journey of self-discovery and self-actualization. The ups and downs of teenage friendships especially tugged me back 20 years to my own high school experience. I was uncomfortable reliving thoughts and feelings I'd imagined erased--but that just goes to show how good Riley Redgate is at capturing the teenage experience.There are too many quotable lines to mention he...
  • Sarah Robinson-Hatch
    This was such an adorable novel! I always love reading books where the protagonist is passionate about writing, but at the same time, it makes me feel GUILTY for reading this book instead of WORKING ON MY MANUSCRIPT. So… yep. I’m the worst. But it was really cool seeing the protagonist’s work and how her writing was such a major part of her life. I was also pleased to see that her writing wasn’t ALL that defined her. This was also a book ...
  • Yvonne Olson
    I received an eARC from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This book was beautiful in some ways.While there was nothing really original, and the tropes in this book are so overdone, there were certain aspects that I loved.The author portrays depression and grief in a way that I believe is successful, especially in today's society as a high schooler. I will admit I was bored at first. Like, really bored, to the point wher...
  • Garan Tinsley
    I devoured this book. I'm going to write a longer review once I process fully but my gut reaction is that I loved it fiercely. Laila Piedra is such a wonderful protagonist and Riley Redgate's voice is so clear and loud and gorgeous. I connected with this on a much deeper level than I anticipated and just holy shit.
  • Dani St-Onge (Literary Lion)
    For more reviews go to: This book was received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I want to start by saying that this book scores an A+ in diversity. The protagonist is pansexual, multi-racial and fat. The character cast has a variety of races and sexual orientations and while I’ve said before that diversity doesn’t automatically make a book good, it definitely makes a good book better.This i...
  • Mars
    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction to build an escape chute from her life's insistent monotone." This was one of my most anticipated books, because as a big fan of Redgate’s two previous books, I wa...
  • Rachel
    Got this from an awesome bookshop at the Outer Banks, NC as a free ARC copy! (Quite exciting as I've never had an ARC before.) Thanks so much Island Bookstore!! Mild spoilers ahead:Quite honestly, I'm not sure what to think about it once I finished, and I've been stewing for about two weeks now. It had a very strong voice and style of its own, and I'm still thinking about it when I've usually moved on from most books by this point. The characters...
  • Erikka
    This is my third Riley book, and I think she may have done something very clever with it. I know her writing quality. I know her humor. I've met the woman. And I'll be honest: I didn't see any of it in the first half of this book. I nearly gave up on it, in fact. But then it started getting more and more like her normal work. The humor, the pathos, the incredible turns of phrase. And I realized something. This book is about a young writer who, wh...